Author: Wine Hungary

Shining medals from AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge

Vylyan Kékfrankos 2012 won a Gold medal and Vylyan Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 won a Silver medal. The AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge is one of the most prominent wine competitions of Central Europe. This is Austria’s only international wine challenge which is recognized by the European Union. The event’s unique feature is, that they give winery ratings as well, which shows thorough attention to detail. Buy these wines...

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“Three great wines in Europe” – Hugh Johnson

There are “three great wines in Europe”, proclaimed Hugh Johnson, “French, German and Hungarian”. He continued that fine wines are always based on an existant wine culture, noting that the Tokaj appellation and classification predate those of Burgundy. And who better to proclaim such, than one who has spent his life writing about and intimately involved with fine wines. The highly respected wine writer went on to express his delight that the Hungarian delegation was able to “confidently and successfully hold a Christmas Party for those who know best how to express what they taste”, the Circle of Wine Writers. He also noted the “state of excitement in the Hungarian wine business” and drew a comparison with the buzz about New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the mid 1980s, where many of the same faces were present as at the tasting at Westminster Cathedral Hall in early December. Hugh Johnson’s love of Tokaji wines came shining through in his speech, not only his enthusiasm for their rise, but also for their beginnings as he fondly remembered the first harvest of Royal Tokaji after the privatisation in 1991 when, as a co-founder, he worked with István Szepsy in conditions that were far from ideal. And how far they and the other Tokaji wines have progressed since then. In addition to the 23 Hungarian producers, the Confrérie de Tokaj presented four unique...

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Endless Variety – The Wines of Hungary

When it comes to Hungarian wines, it’s Tokaji that pops in mind. However there is so much more to be discovered. Here is our crash course in the world of delicious Hungarian wines. Hungary has always been best known for the sweet wines created in the region of Tokaj in the North East of the country. Tokaji Aszú was the drink of choice for everyone from Louis XIV through to Beethoven and  Peter the Great, it’s the Wine of Kings, and the King of Wines– but you’ve probably heard that before. But did you know that the “nectar”  from...

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Hungary’s Furmint Grape

Hungary’s furmint seems to be having a bit of a moment. You may not have heard of it yet  (and yes, it does sound like a toy for cats), but furmint is a grape variety you’ve quite possibly enjoyed before, without knowing. The heavenly dessert wines from Tokaji, all marmalade, butterscotch and orange peel, are made from furmint grapes, very late picked for intense sweetness and rendered complex after being shrivelled by the “noble” rot botrytis. Tokaji has long enjoyed a high-class reputation (“the wine of kings and the king of wines”, Louis XV was said to have called...

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